Homeowners throughout the country have had to withstand invasions of termites and the ravages of floods, earth quakes, tornadoes and hurricanes However, there is an amazing building material that stands up to all those bugs plus the elements of fire, wind and water and it is much, much stronger than any wooden structure. Steel is a wonderful building material. It is one of the strongest building materials known to mankind. Steel is much stronger than wood. In the past, it has been used mainly for commercial construction where building codes are more severe. The Steel is now becoming the material of choice in residential home construction around the nation. Presently, even two-story houses are being built using steel frames. Light gauge steel is often used for the frame of the house. Not only is steel strong but it is also compatible with other building materials. It is the perfect material for framing a home. In addition, you get a totally straight house that is contemporary.
The advantages of building a house from steel are many. It does not warp and it will not shrink. These are very valuable features for home builders. While a house is being built in the framing stage, it can easily be exposed to nasty weather. It takes wood a long time to dry out after it becomes wet thus holding up construction. The homeowner may not even know the wood framing is being warped after their walls are closed up. Only until much later will the homeowner see such things as cracked walls and nails rising up in the walls. Windows will be hard to open and doors difficult to close.
Although aluminum railings have become more and more popular in recent years, many people still prefer the look of a wooden railing for their outdoor deck. If you are planning to build a wood railing for your deck or have a contractor build a wood railing for you, here are some tips and suggestions to help you build a better, longer lasting railing. Many deck builders will use 2×2 lumber pickets for constructing their wood railings. They look great when first installed, but unfortunately 2×2 pickets tend to warp and twist out of control over the years. Depending on the environmental conditions of the area you live in, 2×2 pickets can look terrible in as little as one season! One of the tricks to building a long lasting, good looking wood railing is to use 2×4 lumber for pickets. Another great advantage to choosing 2×4 for pickets is the cost difference. Most of the home building centers offer pr-cut balusters for deck railings at a higher price than the equivalent length of 2×4 lumber. You’ll need to cut your own lengths from longer pieces, but it’s well worth the cost savings and durability gains.
Furthermore, if you choose 2×4 lumber for pickets, you actually don’t need to use any 4×4 posts to achieve the railing strength required by code in most places. Double check with your local building codes before proceeding this way. Simply start with a 2×4 picket bolted to the deck frame in each spot where you would normally locate a 4×4 post (usually spaced at 6 feet maximum). These will replace the main 4×4 posts of the railing, so you should use through-bolts to secure these to the rim joist of the deck, and reinforce the rim joists against twisting. Make sure these starting pickets are perfectly plumb before proceeding.
Next, attach a horizontal rail along the top of the main pickets, and attach a top cap (the surface of the railing). All that remains is to fill in the spans between the main pickets with more 2×4′s spaced evenly. The rest of the pickets can be screwed rather than bolted. The result is a much stronger railing that will last longer without warping and twisting. Remember not to exceed the maximum allowed space between pickets, as per the local building codes (usually 4 inches maximum). Also remember to observe the minimum railing height required in the local building code. The railing height required will change depending how high off the ground your deck is.
When building a new garage or adding on a garage addition, it is important to begin by consulting your local planning department for information about building permits, zoning regulations and set back requirements. Set back requirements regulate how close you can build to the road as well as bordering property. If you do not comply with these building regulations and obtain proper building permits where necessary, you may have to tear down the new building or relocate the garage. It sure costs less to do the work right the first time! To build your garage you will need building plans or construction plans and a plot plan, which indicates the garage building location on your land. Your local building inspector may be your best resource for free advise when planning the construction of a new garage. It is a good idea to consult with your local city building inspector before you start your new project. This may make all the difference in developing a great relationship for future projects. Their building inspectors advice is free, and they can help ensure your garage project is up to code.
The building inspector inspects all phrases of the construction. Note: Verify with your local inspection office on the required inspections as there may be also be layout and footing inspections with other code requirements. Drip edge, ice guard, tar paper, and shingles are fastened with applicable ventilation installed.Carpenters now install the windows level and plumb taking diagonal measurements. Your exterior entry doors are installed now although the large garage doors are installed at the project completion to prevent potential damage. Your builder or sider will now install your exterior siding with applicable foam board insulation and exterior Tyvek or equivalent home wrap. Vinyl, aluminum, and cedar siding are popular siding options.
After you have made a list of every item to be placed in your new garage with the item sizes, Purchase graph paper to lay out the items and plan the total size you will need for your new garage.What size should you build your new garage building? A single car garage should be at least 12′ wide by 22′ deep. The minimum width for a 2 car garage building should be 20 feet, but you will need additional room if you’re planning on putting in a workbench or if you’ll need to store your kids bicycles, lawn mowers, tools or your work shop equipment. A 22′X24′ wide garage is a more optimal garage size. Whatever size you choose to build, 2009 pricing for a new garage has a cost from $26 – $38 dollars per square foot. If you own a pickup truck and a sport utility vehicle (SUV), your garage needs to be at least 22′x22′ feet. Your ceiling height should be at least 8 feet high.